Yesterday, electronic music titan, Deadmau5, released his latest album, “W:/2016ALBUM/”, through his own label, mau5trap. The 2016 record is Deadmau5′ latest full length album and release since 2014’s, “while (1<2)”. The album was released with hardly any promotion, and practically had a surprise release, but so far Deadmau5 fans have welcomed the new release with positive feedback and reviews! Personally, I’ve only heard a track or two off “W:/2016ALBUM/”, but what I have heard is extremely promising and leads me to believe this latest Deadmau5 project could be his best release in years! The release features a different sound from Deadmau5 that includes a significant amount of experimentation, different from his previous releases, while also showcasing the classic synth sounds and recognizable beats that make Deadmau5′ material iconic and timeless.
In other Deadmau5 news, Deadmau5′ most successful single, “Ghost N Stuff”, recently went platinum according to RIAA. The single, which features vocals from Rob Swire and is featured on the highly praised album, “For Lack of a Better Name”, is one of the most well known Deadmau5 tracks. The best part of this news story, however, is that according to RIAA “Ghosts N Stuff” went platinum on Halloween this year. Out of all the days in the year for a track titled “Ghosts N Stuff” to go platinum, Halloween has to be the best day for the track to do so. Regardless of the well fitting date to go platinum, “Ghosts N Stuff” is still a fantastic electronic song and the fact that it is now certified platinum is a huge accomplishment! Congrats to Deadmau5 for the remarkable feat and hopefully more singles of his reach this notable level of success!
Even though I am crazy behind on album reviews, I definitely plan on completing the review for “W:/2016ALBUM/” in the near future. For the meantime check out the stream of the album below and let us know what you think of the latest Deadmau5 record. Be sure to check back in for more reviews and music content and let us know if there are any records that you want us to review in the last few weeks of 2016!
In case you missed it, Burial, the legendary English electronic producer and recording artist, recently released his latest project “YOUNG DEATH / NIGHTMARKET (HDB100). The short EP, which was officially released only a few days ago, features an experimental ambient sound accompanied with reverb filled synths and multiple, altered samples that give the project an overall sound unique to Burial himself. This new EP is very fascinating and is both relaxing and compelling, causing the listener to feel at ease yet never lose interest or focus on the material.
The release itself is stellar, and I will most likely follow up this post with an official review of the project, but the most prominent news to come from this release actually isn’t about the material, but how it was distributed. Days before the EP was supposed to have a surprise release, it suddenly surfaced on Discogs. Stunned, Burial fans quickly reacted to this update and wondered if this was a legitimate, new release from Burial and where they could get themselves a copy of this record. It was soon realized that the Discogs update was made in response to a Toronto record shop, called Sonic Boom Records, accidentally selling the release early on Black Friday. Sonic Boom Records, who received the new 12″ records by mail, assumed the new release was a Black Friday secret listing and because of this 5 copies were accidentally sold to Toronto customers. This project, which was eventually officially released on Burial’s official Bandcamp page on November 28th, is the first solo project of 2016 by the British artist. Once the vinyl EP was officially released it quickly sold out on Burial’s site and has since been selling extremely fast at local record shops in both North America and Europe. There are still numerous places that have a copy left to purchase, including the 53 individual listings on Discogs selling the 12″ for as little as $8.57, however this record will definitely sell out completely eventually.
If you are an electronic music fan you need to listen to this release. In my opinion, this will most likely be one of the best EPs you hear all year. If you are unfamiliar with Burial this is a very good place to start, however his discography is extremely immense and filled with great material, so checking out any release from the South London based artist is highly recommended. The link to purchase the 12” vinyl record from Discogs is attached below along with the full EP stream. Give it a listen, check out the other electronic reviews and music content posted on this site, and be sure to visit often for more electronic, vinyl, and cassette news!
Last week saw an extreme lack of content, and as a result, the week of 10/23-10/29 was the first week without a “The Thursday Ten” post since the segment was first announced. However, we are back this week with the latest “The Thursday Ten”. For those of you who read the last installment to the segment, you will remember that the ratings for the 10 records mentioned all received scores within the range of 7/10-9/10. Even though these ratings are a representation of my honest opinion of the albums, I understand that the ratings from the previous post might seem inflated, and that an average reader might think that almost every album receives around an 8/10. In order to disprove this assumption, I decided to rate some albums that were released this year that I was not very fond of, in order to show a more broad spectrum of where certain records may fall on the rating system for “The Thursday Ten”. The rules for giving these ratings have not changed and each album mentioned can be listened to on any major streaming service, and I highly encourage you to give them a listen! Also, the previous “The Thursday Ten” is posted below and of course, if you disagree with any rating or want to submit a record to be rated, let us know in the comments or shot us an email! Here is this week’s “The Thursday Ten”:
- Periphery – Periphery III: Select Difficulty: 8/10
- D.R.A.M. – Big Baby D.R.A.M.: 5/10
- The Word Alive – Dark Matter: 5/10
- Chelsea Grin – Self Inflicted: 5/10
- River Oaks – River Oaks – EP: 6/10
- Desiigner – New English: 7/10
- I Prevail – Lifelines: 7/10
- AlunaGeorge – I Remember: 4/10
- Jimmy Eat World – Integrity Blues: 6/10
- Drake (singles) – Fake Love: 6/10 – Sneakin’ (feat. 21 Savage): 7/10
The previous “The Thursday Ten”:
One of the most notable acts in post-hardcore, Canada’s own Silverstein, have released a new single, accompanied with a music video, called “Ghost”. This is a stand alone single and will most likely not be included in an upcoming release. However, with this announcement came a statement from the band saying that a new record is in the works and will be released in 2017. Silverstein, who will be a band for an outstanding 17 years next year, have managed to continue this success with their last few releases and have also been able to connect with both older and newer fans in the post-hardcore genre.
I personally love Silverstein and have enjoyed their entire discography, regardless of when an album or individual song was released, but after listening to “Ghost” I am not thrilled with this new sound. It is obvious to any listener that “Ghost” is a blatant rip off of the band Beartooth and completely lacks originality and the signature Silverstein sound. In fact, Silverstein and Beartooth have performed together simultaneously on one stage as “Silvertooth”, so I wouldn’t be surprised if Silverstein is attempting to imitate them in order to experience the massive growth in fan base that Beartooth has seen over the last few years.
However, this speculation is over just one single, so there is a very good chance I am overthinking the situation. I hope that Silverstein showcases their unique sound in their 2017 release, especially since they are so monumental to the post-hardcore genre itself. It would be really disappointing to Silverstein manipulate their classic sound to fit a trend, but regardless, their influence and impact on the post-hardcore genre will never change and their material up until now will still be amazing, no matter what next year’s album will sound like.
Watch the new music video below and let us know what you think of the new Silverstein track!
Last week I previewed this new segment where I listen to each of the ten albums listed 1-2 times through and give them a quick, numerical rating out of 10. The ratings are always a whole number rating that do not include any other description besides the rating I have given them. If you would like to have an album receive a more in depth review, or think an album should have a different rating, let us know in the comments or contact us! Here is this week’s “The Thursday Ten”:
- Opeth – Sorceress: 5/10
- KILL SURF CITY – Wreckage: 8/10
- Between The Buried And Me – Coma Ecliptic: 7/10
- Good Tiger – A Head Full Of Moonlight: 8/10
- Cruel Hand – Your World Won’t Listen: 8/10
- Fit For An Autopsy – Absolute Hope Absolute Hell: 8/10
- I See Stars – Treehouse: 4/10
- Drake – Views: 5/10
- Pouya – Underground Underdog: 8/10
- Erra – Drift: 8/10
Like I’ve mentioned before, there are too many releases to have links to every single record discussed, but if you would like to check out any of the releases mentioned, they are all available on most of the most prominent music streaming sites! Also check out last week’s “The Thursday Ten” below and check in next week to see who we give ratings to next!